The Edmonton Oilers were hoping for good news when they sent young stud Nail Yakupov to undergo concussion testing following a head injury he suffered against the Minnesota Wild. But while the team wanted to hear that Yakupov was going to be cleared to play, the news was much worse than expected and Edmonton has placed their winger on IR.
Like with all things in hockey, the injury was generalized and Yakupov is headed to IR with what is being called a “head injury”, but the common consensus when it comes to head injuries is if it’s not pointed out to be more serious, a head injury can only mean a concussion.
Unlike other sports, being placed on the IR in hockey isn’t as bad as it sounds. Yakupov is eligible to come off IR as soon as the Oilers upcoming game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night, but it’s unlikely that he’ll be rushed back.
Yakupov was the first overall selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Oilers and after a nice rookie season, he’s been limited in his sophomore campaign to just 17 points in 47 games.